Why We Mentor
When I joined Old National Bank in 2014 with the mission to improve our disability inclusion efforts, we weren’t quite sure where to start, or what format would work best for our company and our leaders. We researched some of the best practices of other companies committed to disability inclusion but were still unclear of the best commitment to make the most impact.
But when we took a hard look inside our company culture, the answer came easy. Mentorship. Mentoring is embedded in our DNA at ONB. We jump at the opportunity to help others build their experiences, their confidence, and their professional network. At the same time, our leaders, who serve as mentors, seemingly always end up learning more from their mentees than they would have ever expected!
Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI), a private, nonprofit, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2020. ERI’s mission has remained constant: advancing employment opportunities to enhance the well-being of people with disabilities. This includes providing direct services, as well as training and technical assistance to promote effective practices. We offer services throughout Wisconsin and many of our training efforts are offered in all 50 states. Partnering with Disability: IN Wisconsin provides a great opportunity to connect with businesses and fellow providers to promote the shared values of diversity and inclusion.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and strategic partnerships to address societal challenges.
American Family Insurance demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer, employee, and community needs and preferences. In late 2018 we officially launched our Abilities Business Resource Group (BRG). Our nine BRGs each provide employees who have shared characteristics, life experiences, interests, and backgrounds a forum to directly impact our Inclusive Excellence Strategy and enhance our inclusive culture while also assisting with relevant business decisions and practices. They strengthen our Enterprise by uncovering innovative opportunities to support efforts like; attracting diverse talent, exceeding customer expectations, positively impacting our communities and enhancing the overall employee experience.
Mind Shift is an organization that assesses, trains, and hires high functioning individuals on the autism spectrum. Our expertise ranges from data analytics and software development, to quality control and light industrial positions.
Mind Shift’s D&I initiatives are more external than internal. Our mission is to employ individuals on the autism spectrum, so our internal D&I initiatives are woven into our mission. Externally, we measure success by the extent that we are able to employ more people on the spectrum and place them in roles at organizations looking not only to meet their internal D&I initiatives, but also their strategic growth plans. We believe that contracting with Mind Shift is not only doing good, but it is also a good business decision, and we have the historical data to prove that.
Throughout our history, Goodwill has served diverse populations across Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. The core of Goodwill’s mission is training, employment and support for people experiencing barriers to work and these efforts include employing a diverse workforce. Black and Hispanic individuals accounted for the largest percentages of people served in 2019.
While diversity and inclusion have been inherent to our mission, several factors over the past few years are leading our organization on the journey to formalize an enterprise Diversity, Equity & Inclusion framework that is seamlessly integrated within our strategic priorities. This work continues to be guided by our mission, helping to create pipelines of diverse talent both inside and outside of our organization where community need is greatest.
“Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is critical to who we are as an organization and why we exist,” said Jackie Hallberg, president & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin. “We remain committed to creating impact for individuals experiencing barriers to work.”
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Rangam is a minority, woman, and disability-owned workforce solutions company. The organization’s philosophy of “Empathy Drives Innovation” influences everything it does. As one of the fastest-growing professional staffing agencies, Rangam specializes in attracting and retaining talent globally for IT, Engineering, Scientific, Clinical, Healthcare, Administrative, Finance, and Business Professional sectors while integrating veterans and individuals with disabilities into the workforce. Rangam’s mission is to improve the quality of life for its candidates while providing exceptional service to its clients. The company does this by delivering an integrated and inclusive recruiting solution that combines technology, training, and education to candidates while providing clients with a diverse network of qualified talent. To learn more about Rangam, please visit: https://www.rangam.com
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CUNA Mutual Group is a financially strong insurance, investment and financial services company enabling people to make financial decisions that work for them. The company was built on the principle of “people helping people” and the belief that a brighter financial future should be accessible to everyone
We offer consumer and commercial insurance, retirement and investment solutions; and business solutions including data and analytics, lending capabilities and marketing services.
CUNA Mutual Group made Inclusion a core value to our organization in 2016. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the success of our corporate business strategy. We leverage each employees unique contributions to enhance business performance. We are committed to:
- Fostering a culture where all employees can contribute, advance and feel valued
- Attracting and retain a diverse workforce
- Holding leaders and employees accountable to promote diversity and inclusion in all teams
CUNA Mutual Group has ten different ERGs and the Allies For Disabilities ERG that focuses on disability inclusion. Allies for Disabilities brings together employees with disabilities and their allies to support each other and help CUNA Mutual Group in its effort for inclusiveness among employees and customers. For this group’s purpose, disability refers to physical limitations, mental health issues, cognitive disability, chronic illness, or any other health issue with a disabling impact.
Disability inclusion is a journey for CUNA Mutual and there have been some good wins along the way that have resulted us in scoring 80 on the DEI in 2019 and 2020. However, one of the biggest impacts we have had is creating an environment where people with disabilities of all types can bring their whole selves to work and allow our work communities to be caring allies. We have made a point of asking leaders to share their experiences with disability and chronic illness and then asking members to share their stories. Many of our people say that it’s a weight off their back to know that other colleagues experience these things and it’s okay to talk about at work. Finally, as we are undergoing constructing a new building on our campus in Madison, we are looking at designing in the right level of accessibility and accommodations into this facility to ensure it is an inclusive and welcoming space for people with disabilities.
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1938 as Jewish Vocational Service, our initial focus was to assist immigrant families fleeing oppression in Europe to settle in Milwaukee and find jobs. From these roots, the agency pioneered many innovative approaches for people of all ages, abilities and other challenges to achieve independence.
WHAT WE DO
Today, MCFI provides person-centered care across 30-plus programs for children and adults living with a disability, complex medical condition, serious mental illness, barrier to employment or other challenges. We are working to advance health equity – where everyone has the opportunity to succeed without limits.
WHO WE SERVE
MCFI is an affiliate of CFI and together they serve more than 25,000 children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities; mental health and substance use disorders; employment barriers; and other challenges.
Since 2018, Grebe’s Bakery has hired MCFI Employment Services clients to demonstrate the benefits and joys of working with people with disabilities. Today, four clients work in its production facility.
Said Clare Dusold, Grebe’s development coordinator: “They’ve just changed our culture.”
MCFI Employment Services provides people with barriers to work — including disabilities and past criminal convictions — with skill-development and education services, placement, and coaching to help them gain and maintain meaningful employment and improve their social and emotional health.